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cabaret… Now that the Broadway strike is over, we'd like to start picketing some of the cabaret venues around town. First of all, $102.96 to see Michael Feinstein's show? Ow. And if you choose to eat at Feinstein's at the Regency, main courses are likely to run $50 or more. What would Irving Berlin rhyme with gouging? Anyway, here's a cabaret show with a top price of $35.50 (plus two-drink minimum) that will bring a little cheer your way, particularly if you're susceptible to Broadway diva imitations. Maggie Graham's Carol Channeling brings Carol Channing to life as well as Merman, Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Dietrich, a note-sliding Mary Martin, and an hilariously marble-chewing Patti LuPone. Saturdays, 9pm, through December at the Triad, 158 W. 72nd [Bway/Col].




indie rock… Friday: Chicago's Andrew Bird brings his post-violin-pop to Beacon Theater. [Photo by Adam Berry] Saturday: Jukebox the Ghost play Ben Folds-esque piano-rock at Union Hall (with Ra Ra Riot). Just Announced…1/30: Vampire Weekend. 2/19: Foo Fighters. 2/24: The Magnetic Fields




booksWhat is the What is the story, told by Dave Eggers, of Valentino Achak Deng, a lost boy of Sudan. We have highly recommended it before and do so again now (it's just out in paper). Eggers will be at the Strand tomorrow night, 7pm, showing slides of his last trip to Sudan, taking questions, and signing books.




movies… Newsweek calls him "one of the most remarkable artists in the world." The New Yorker calls him "one of the world's greatest political filmmakers." You get the idea. For two weeks at the Film Forum, see for yourself the work of Ousmane Sembène, who died earlier this year.



photography… A show of Michael Kenna's photos opens today at the Robert Mann Gallery, 210 11th [24th/25th] 212.989.7600. Called "New York/New Work" the city is seen as uncharacteristically quiet, almost in a state of grace.




shopping… The Children's Aid Society's annual shopping event, Miracle on Madison, takes place this Sunday from 57th Street to 86th Street. Twenty percent of all purchases from participating retailers benefit children in need.


the razor's edge…blasts from the past…crazy stripes.


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